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Letter to mother describing dinner with Esther at the Inn, Senior dancing, wish that she could hear Governor Frank Hanly speak, train ride home, and reading first act of Josephine Preston Peabody's play "The Piper."
11 Crofton, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 21 March, 1911. Dear Mamma,- The first day of spring, but it doesn’t seem any more springlike than some others we have had. At any rate, we know that warm weather is on its way. Esther and I just returned from a very nice dinner at the Inn. We haven’t been there since Christmas, you know, and we thought it was time we paid them another visit. There were two large dinner parties there, we think in honor of some of the girls who got honorary scholarships, as [page 2] announced in chapel this morning. The Inn looked very spiffy I tell you. Just now they are getting ready to have a dance there. This week is a kind of a spree. Today we stayed up after gym to watch the people in the big division do their stunts, and after that senior dancing. Just enough out of the regular routine to make it seem like a vacation you know. Tomorrow we are going in to Boston you know. Thursday about seven of us are planning to [deletion: take] have a picnic up in College Hall, instead of taking lunches from Ridgeway. Lately the cake and sandwiches have been so hard that we vowed to have something different next time. And Friday! oh my! Esther and Gagie are going in on the 2:02 train with me and may decide to see me off. [page 3] I was somewhat surprised at the gay and giddy seal on your letter which arrived this morning. Wish I could be there tonight and hear Governor Hauly. I have checks for both the bellows and laundry suitcase, so I won’t need to send it as laundry by express. It will come just as safely, won’t it? I’m going to send them Thursday. You haven’t told me what to travel in, but I think I’ll wear my suit unless it is bad weather and I need my raincoat. I’m going to do a little packing tonight if possible. Had a nice long letter from Helen this morning, telling me all about her work. She didn’t say when she was going back to Syracuse. Last night Esther and I read the first [page 4] act of Josephine Preston Peabody’s play, “The Piper”, and went to bed at nine o’clock. The play is fine, and we are crazy for it to come to Boston so we can see it. It is playing in New York now you know. I think I must stop now and get to work. Will see you pretty soon now! Lovingly, Mary
Arts, Theater, and Music;Student Life
Dinners and dining; Dance; Hanly, J. Frank (James Frank), 1863-1920; Travel; Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922; Crofton House; College Hall
Rosa, Mary and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Mary Rosa, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to her mother, 1911 March 21" (1911). Mary Rosa letters (6C1914). 228.